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ACA's long-term impact on malpractice rates unknown

Medical malprac tice  premiums in several specialties have declined slightly or stayed flat over the past year, according to  Medical Liability Monitor 's annual rate su rvey. Overall, 65 percent of liability insurance rates remained steady nationwide, with obstetrician/gynecologists, internists and general surgeons experiencing decreases for the seventh straight year, reported   Medscape Medical News.

ONC interoperability road map draft outlines governance, certification standards goals

An updated draft version of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's 10-year road map to interoperability, published online late Monday, outlines goals for governance and certification standards and calls for "unprecedented collaboration" in ensuring that technology can seamlessly support the health of patients on a day-to-day basis.

CDC may issue new protocols for healthcare workers to treat Ebola

Amid growing fears over the spread of the Ebola virus in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will rethink its recommended protocol that healthcare professionals should follow to treat the disease.

Is a trial merger a smart step?

Medical practice insiders often compare a group merger to a marriage--meaning it takes compatibility, trust, communication and work to succeed. Two practices in the Louisville, Kentucky area are pretty sure they have what it takes, but will take the unusual step of actually "living together" before making their union official, according to an artic le  from  Louisville Business First.

Hospitals continued bonus payouts amid VA scandal

In the wake of the Veterans Affairs scandal involving cover ups over treatment delays and the subsequent resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, VA leaders in several states received substantial bonuses despite the systemic problems.

Meaningful Use audits: What providers can expect

With CMS doling out billions of dollars in Meaningful Use incentive payments, it is no surprise that providers are increasingly at risk of being audited to see if they actually were entitled to the money. And the stakes of being audited are high: A provider that fails just one element of a Meaningful Use audit not only must return the entire incentive payment for that year, but also is automatically scheduled for another audit of another participating year.   So how can providers reduce the risk that they'll be subject to a Meaningful Use audit? Read our latest special report to learn more. Special Report

Why hospital CEOs should care about ICD-10 implementation

Hospital CEOs should care about ICD-10 implementation because that's how hospitals get paid, Marty Fattig, chief executive officer of Nemaha County Hospital in Auburn, Nebraska writes in  H&HN Daily. But many senior executives have limited knowledge of their organizations' preparedness.

Critical access hospitals charge Medicare patients high rates for outpatient care

Critical access hospitals may be a vanishing breed, but it's not because they're charging their patients too little, Kaiser Health News has reported.

Massachusetts takes price transparency to next level

Massachusetts has become perhaps the first state to take the next step into price transparency, mandating health insurers to post the costs of a variety of medical procedures for their enrollees, Kaiser Health News has reported.

FDA officials: 3-D imaging technologies poised for breakthrough

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a consumer update detailing how the development of 3-D technologies are poised to change cancer detection.